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Old 11-02-2013, 09:13 AM
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polywise's reef system

I have been in the hobby for quite some time,
and have had various saltwater aquariums since the mid 1980's.
With that being said, if you were in the game back then (before the internet) you might remember some of these stores that I readily visited and bought stuff from: sand to sea, house of fins, pet plaza, elmsford aquarium, reef and fin.

At first I had some easier to maintain reefs that were mostly fish and then softies but over time was drawn to the beauty of SPS coral, and the desire to learn how to keep them in a captive system.

Here are 2 videos and a few pictures of a 280 gallon system that I kept at my office from 2003 to 2009

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lpOL...ature=youtu.be
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9x9t...ature=youtu.be
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Old 11-02-2013, 09:35 AM
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Wow. If I had a tank like that at work I wouldn't get anything done.
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Old 11-02-2013, 09:50 AM
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As the system grew, so did the amount of gadgets. It became evident that I really needed to have the reef running at my house vs. the office, to allow me to have more access to the tank, other than during working hours.

Fall of 2009 I took on the endeavor.
I chose a section of my basement to dedicate to the new fish room for all of the gadgets and supporting equipment. My plan was to buy a 300DD for my living room, and have everything else down stairs in the fish room. Here are a few pictures during the construction.
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Old 11-02-2013, 09:56 AM
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Stop teasing!!! More pics
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The room is sealed off from the house, and has (2) fresh air supply lines coming from out doors, and (1) that is connected to a control device that exhausts the air at different speeds based on temperature and humidity settings.
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Old 11-02-2013, 10:05 AM
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The plywood on the floor is the footprint of a 150 gallon rimless 4 sided starfire tank that is used for recovering coral, and grow out.
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Old 11-02-2013, 10:08 AM
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my sump
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Old 11-02-2013, 10:27 AM
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I bought a custom 3 sided starfire, center overflow, 300DD tank. I sent it to my craftstman to have a custom cherry wood stand and canopy made
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Old 11-02-2013, 10:36 AM
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Nice! Will definitely follow this one.. Good luck with the build!
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set up the tank in my house (too messy = unhappy wife), but I got it done
I have 750 pounds of liverock, of which I used about 400 in the tank. The rest is kept in my sump.
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